Vegan student says she was denied a catering job at Salford university because she wouldn’t wear leather shoes

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The 21-year-old says she felt ‘discriminated’ against for being told to wear ‘dead animals on her feet’ but catering company says alternatives are available
Dominika Piasecka says she wasn’t offered any alternative when she told the university catering company she woundn’t wear leather shoes
A vegan claims she was denied a catering job because she refused to wear leather shoes.
Dominika Piasecka got through the interview stages to become a part time catering assistant at the University of Salford’s Media City campus .
But she says on her induction day she was given an ultimatum: wear leather or don’t have the job.
The 21-year-old said she felt insulted by the uniform policy and claims the catering company refused to offer any alternatives.
Catering jobs at the university are contracted out to Chartwells.
When contacted by the M.E.N. a spokesman for Chartwells claimed they do allow non-leather shoes to be worn – but Dominika says they never offered this to her.
She said: “Everything was going really well until they brought out the uniform which contained leather shoes. I politely said I was vegan and that I couldn’t wear dead animals on my feet.
“The woman carrying out the inductions said I had to wear them for health and safety reasons and I would either have to wear the shoes or not take the job.
“I was really shocked. You can’t discriminate against people for choosing not to wear dead animals on their feet.

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